All the living entities, being Your parts and parcels, are naturally joyful, eternal and full of knowledge, but due to their own faults they imitate You by trying to become the supreme enjoyer.
Thus they disobey Your supremacy and become offenders.
And because of their offenses, Your material energy has taken charge of them.
Thus their transcendental qualities of joyfulness, bliss and wisdom have been covered by the clouds of the three material qualities.
This cosmic manifestation, made of the three material qualities, is just like a prison house for the conditioned souls.
The conditioned souls are struggling very hard to escape from material bondage, and according to their different conditions of life they have been given different types of engagement.
But since all engagements are based on knowledge supplied by You, the conditioned souls can execute pious activities only when You mercifully inspire them to do so.
Therefore, without taking shelter at Your lotus feet one cannot surpass the influence of material energy.
Krsna Book 87: Prayers by the Personified Vedas